Category Archives: Entertainment

Having a Restaurant Party?

We all know how great having a birthday party in a restaurant can be.  It’s easy, saving you on catering and cleaning up.  Plus the food is usually great!  But when you are adding that extra element of entertainment (which is not supplied direct by the restaurant) then there are two things you need to consider.

Space

2015.06.27-Dylan-SARI-3Most good restaurants will have a private function room, however not all do.  So when you pay for a dancer or two to come an entertain, you may end up providing entertainment for other patrons as well.  Of course, our dancers will be focused on the tables that they are dancing for, but it doesn’t stop everyone else from watching – so if you can arrange a private function area you will feel like you are getting more value from your entertainment as well as privacy for your party.

Have a look at the function room and see if there is a dance space and how big it is.  Is it suitable just for a small performance by one or two dancers, or is it large enough to also have your guests up on the floor as well for an interactive workshop?

Due to workplace health & safety, and the nature of Bollywood Dance, we cannot dance between tables.  You also need to ensure that no food is being served so that the staff and dancers don’t clash.  Bollywood dancers often perform in bare feet, so we need to also ensure the space is clean and clear of debis before we dance.

Sound

So you have found the perfect venue for your party.  The next thing to consider for entertainment is the sound and audio system.  Find out if the restaurant has a sound system available to use in the function room.  If they don’t you may need to arrange one (or ask your entertainment to arrange one).   If you are supplying one, it must be of suitable quality and loudness for the space as the music must be heard over all the people in the room.  Generally this means at least a 50W or higher speaker depending on the size of the room (the larger the room, the larger the speaker needed).  Do not use a small bluetooth or portable speaker as they are only suitable for background music.

Of course, if you are planning on having a DJ then they will have their own system and the dancers can play their music from their equipment – so this is one less problem to worry about!

If you are unsure about any of this you can always talk to us as we have danced at numerous restaurants, hotels, clubs and more so we may be able to assist with your decisions!

Happy party planning!!

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Have you booked your Entertainment Yet?

cropped-sari-indiafair2013.jpgSo you have decided to have a Bollywood-themed event or are looking for something different as part of your entertainment but are not sure where to start?

Chances are you have already got everything else ready, but have left the entertainment until the last minute and now you’re madly trying to search for someone that can come and entertain all your guests for little or no cost at all because you’ve spent everything else on the venue, catering, decorations, invitations and so on.   Yet, if you want your party to rock (whether it’s a Bollywood-theme or not) then booking your entertainment early is nearly as important as booking the venue!

If you leave your entertainment booking until last, when you have no budget left, then you are going to end up picking the cheapest entertainment you can get – but entertainment is the supporting beam to any party so if you don’t have great entertainment then your event will suffer!   Sometimes you may luck knowing someone such as a friend or family member who is talented enough to keep the party going, but if you don’t you could end up with a DJ who has no personality and doesn’t care what music you want them to play; or performers who are lack-lustre and you find your audience falling asleep to their disengaging routines.

You want your event to be something your guests talk about for a long time after, so consider looking into your entertainment early!  You have to book the venue to ensure the date is available.  You have to book the caterers to ensure they are available on the day.  Yet, neither the venue nor the caterers need to do much else until a few days before your event.  Entertainers on the other hand need to arrange such things as music, rehearsals, costumes, props, travel, and sometimes even accommodation.  Entertainers have to also ensure their dancers are being paid fairly, and that costs such as rehearsal venue, public liability, and transport costs are covered.

So all we ask is that when you have decided to have an event, is to please consider your entertainment at the top of the list.  This will ensure the best entertainers are available for your event and you will have peace of mind knowing that your event will be a success!!

– Racheal has worked in the Events & Entertainment industry since 1996.